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Building my first PC, need some advice.

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July 12, 2012 7:26:55 PM

I have decided to build my own PC for the first time, i'm not totally new to this, I've been upgrading my PC's with new parts etc for years but have never built one from scratch so choosing a case, motherboard and CPU etc seems quite scary!
I don't game at all so I don't need gaming performance, but I do a lot of photo and video editing and web designing so I do want a machine that performs really well, but obviously gaming graphics aren't necessary.
From searching around I picked out the i7-3770K CPU with the ASUS Sabertooth Z77 motherboard, they both seem to have great reviews but are these ridiculously high spec for my needs from the computer, again I don't need gaming performance but I want it to run very quickly while doing my photo and video stuff.
I was thinking 8GB and using an existing 500GB I have to start with at least to keep cost down, as I can add a bigger hard drive at a later date when I fill up my 500GB one.
I am also totally ignorant on GPU's im guessing I won't need to spend high amounts on one as I don't want to game but is something mid-range required for video editing etc?
I realise I havent mentioned budget because I don't really want to limit myself by stating a budget, i'd rather get the best spec I can that meets my requirements.
Hope this isn't too much whaffle but I really feel like I need some advice before I go ordering expensive components!

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July 12, 2012 8:10:59 PM

Just thought of some more information to add that might help, I already have:
23" LED Monitor
Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
SATA Hard Drive (although may potentially upgrade too depending on final price of other parts)
DVDRW drive can be stolen from old machine.

So am I correct in thinking the only things I need to buy are:

Case
PSU
Motherboard
CPU
RAM
Video card (unless integrated graphics on the newer boards are sufficient for my needs?)
July 12, 2012 8:17:30 PM

What's the budget on this build? I can't suggest anything unless I know that first.
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July 12, 2012 8:24:24 PM

I would say ideally £400-500, on the parts specified, anything extra I need such as HDD would go over budget. That would equate to approx: $600-750
July 13, 2012 1:59:07 AM

ag50 said:
I would say ideally £400-500, on the parts specified, anything extra I need such as HDD would go over budget. That would equate to approx: $600-750


Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.61 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.98 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.76 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (£117.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£65.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply (£52.36 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£17.03 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £510.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 14, 2012 11:18:59 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.61 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.98 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.76 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (£117.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£65.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply (£52.36 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£17.03 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £510.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


Thanks for the advice and links, however i'm looking at a minimum of an i5 CPU really, my current laptop has an i5 and I wouldnt really want to build a new machine that was slower than my current laptop.
I have plenty of HDDs and DVD drives kicking around so don't really need to buy those.
July 14, 2012 11:22:12 AM

Also I was really hoping not to have to spend that much on a GPU, looking at reviews for that card it seems that people buy it for gaming, I plan to do absolutely zero gaming on this machine, is it really necessary that I spend so much on a GPU just for some photo and video editing?
July 14, 2012 6:14:19 PM

ag50 said:
Also I was really hoping not to have to spend that much on a GPU, looking at reviews for that card it seems that people buy it for gaming, I plan to do absolutely zero gaming on this machine, is it really necessary that I spend so much on a GPU just for some photo and video editing?


Well you can cut down on the GPU and get like a Radeon 7750, then upgrade your CPU to the i5-3450, that would work
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